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JAS Employee Named President of IFFCBA of Houston
January 12, 2016

Congratulations to Leah Ellis, Corporate Compliance Specialist, as she was named the President of the International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of Houston!  The mission of the organization is to serve the Houston freight forwarder and customs broker community by providing a central source of information regarding industry laws and regulations.  Leah Ellis started with JAS Forwarding on December 8, 2008.  In September 2009, she started playing an active role in the Compliance Department as well as being the Import Manager of the Houston Office.  In January of 2011, she joined the Corporate Compliance Team.  She also became a Director of the Houston Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association in 2011, and followed with becoming secretary in 2013.   She has played an active role at both the Local and National level. Congratulations!

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President Biden announced on April 12th his intent to nominate Chris Magnus, who has served as police chief of Tucson, Ariz., since January 2016, as commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

According to a White House press release, Magnus rose through the ranks of the Lansing, Mich., police department and has also served as police chief in the cities of Fargo, N.D., and Richmond, Calif. “In each of these cities,” the press release said, “Magnus developed a reputation as a progressive police leader who focused on relationship-building between the police and community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting reform, and insisting on police accountability.” The White House also cited Magnus’ “extensive experience in addressing immigration issues” during his time in Tucson near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Enforcement of the prohibition of importation of goods mined, produced, or manufactured by forced labor is on the rise. CBP has published a webpage that contains withhold release orders issued by the Commissioner and findings published in the Federal Register. CBP does not generally publicize specific detentions, re-exportations, exclusions, or seizures of the subject merchandise that may have resulted from the withhold release orders or findings.

On April 29, 2021, Kevin J. Kurland, Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced an administrative settlement of $3,290,000 with SAP SE (SAP), a multinational software company based in Walldorf, Germany. SAP also agreed to complete three audits of its export compliance program over a three-year period. SAP voluntarily self-disclosed potential violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to BIS and cooperated with the investigation conducted by the Boston Field Office of BIS’s Office of Export Enforcement.

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